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BoysTown workers asked to explain records

BoysTown Catholic charity has issued a "please explain" to several current and former employees after an audit revealed irregularities in financial records.

CEO Chris Stoltz said the matter pre-dated his recent appointment and refused to reveal further details.

The BoysTown charity - founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1961 - has been beset by infighting and bickering since lay CEO Mr Stoltz was appointed to head the organisation in place of Brother Paul Smith in December last year. Brother Paul is now based in Melbourne.

Mr Stoltz said yesterday problems came to light earlier this year after he hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to review financials dating back to 1997.

"The facts are that in February of this year I engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers . . . to conduct a management and procedures audit (of the entire organisation)," Mr Stoltz said.

"That, to me, was pretty much standard practice. Before we can move forward I need to know we haven't got any skeletons in the closet."

The PWC report identified irregularities that prompted Mr Stoltz to seek explanations from a number of former and current employees.

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7 Aug 2002